Preview: Lewes v Leicester City FA Women's Championship

Preview: Lewes v Leicester City FA Women's Championship

The Rooks host Leicester City at The Dripping Pan on Sunday for the final home match of the season.

Marcus Lee
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James Boyes

Simon Parker’s Lewes side will be looking to bounce back from last Sunday’s Vitality Women’s FA Cup defeat to Southampton, as the newly crowned FA Women’s Championship champions Leicester City visit The DrippingPan.

Last Time Out

The Rooks hosted Southampton in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup at The Dripping Pan last weekend. Lewes dominated the early stages but failed to find the back of the net. On 34 minutes, Megan Mackey was pulled down inside the penalty area and Lewes were awarded a penalty. Ini Umotong stepped up to take it but saw her effort well saved by Kayla Rendell. The Saints would make the Rooks pay for the missed opportunity five minutes later when Georgie Freeland gave Southampton the lead with a dipping effort to beat Tatiana Saunders.

Lewes looked to find an early equaliser in the second half, as Emma Jones went closest to levelling the game. The equaliser eventually came for Lewes on 62 minutes when Umotong headed the ball in from close range. The Rooks continued to press after the goal when Lucy Ashworth-Clifford hit the bar, but it would be the visitors who would find the winning goal. A long free-kick was played into the Lewes half and the ball fell to former Rook Rachel Panting, who fired a first time effort into the top corner, ending Lewes’ Vitality Women’s FA Cup campaign.

The Opposition

Leicester City recently secured the FA Women’s Championship title after beating London City Lionesses and will be playing in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League next season. The Foxes have won 15 of their 18 games this season and have only lost one against London City Lionesses. Since that defeat to the London side, Jonathan Morgan’s team have won 12 consecutive games.

Away from the FA Women’s Championship, the East Midlands side have also enjoyed the cup competitions. The Foxes reached the semi-finals of the Continental Tyres League Cup but were knocked out by Barclays FA Women’s Super League side Bristol City. Last weekend Morgan’s side progressed to the next round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup after beating Liverpool.

Previous Meeting

It was a close game the last time the Rooks met the Foxes when a single goal was enough to win the game for Leicester. Katie Rood went close for Lewes, hitting the side netting in the first half. It was Paige Bailey-Gayle who scored the winning goal for Leicester. Miscommunication between Laura Hartley and Sophie O’Rourke allowed the attacker to get to the ball first and fire a first-time effort into the net. Lewes struggled to create any clear-cut chances for the rest of the match but defended well. However, the points remained in Leicester.

One To Watch

The Foxes top goal scorer and the league’s second-highest goal scorer Natasha Flint is enjoying her first season playing for Leicester. Flint has found the net 16 times in the FA Women’s Championship this season, helping her side win the title and sending them to the Barclays FA Women’s Super League. The striker was recently shortlisted for the March Player of the Month award, after netting three goals and back in December, Flint was named Player of the Month.

How To Follow

Sunday’s match will be available to watch live at lewesfc.com/live. Live updates will also be provided on the official Lewes FC Women Twitter account.

Simon Parker’s Lewes side will be looking to bounce back from last Sunday’s Vitality Women’s FA Cup defeat to Southampton, as the newly crowned FA Women’s Championship champions Leicester City visit The DrippingPan.

Last Time Out

The Rooks hosted Southampton in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup at The Dripping Pan last weekend. Lewes dominated the early stages but failed to find the back of the net. On 34 minutes, Megan Mackey was pulled down inside the penalty area and Lewes were awarded a penalty. Ini Umotong stepped up to take it but saw her effort well saved by Kayla Rendell. The Saints would make the Rooks pay for the missed opportunity five minutes later when Georgie Freeland gave Southampton the lead with a dipping effort to beat Tatiana Saunders.

Lewes looked to find an early equaliser in the second half, as Emma Jones went closest to levelling the game. The equaliser eventually came for Lewes on 62 minutes when Umotong headed the ball in from close range. The Rooks continued to press after the goal when Lucy Ashworth-Clifford hit the bar, but it would be the visitors who would find the winning goal. A long free-kick was played into the Lewes half and the ball fell to former Rook Rachel Panting, who fired a first time effort into the top corner, ending Lewes’ Vitality Women’s FA Cup campaign.

The Opposition

Leicester City recently secured the FA Women’s Championship title after beating London City Lionesses and will be playing in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League next season. The Foxes have won 15 of their 18 games this season and have only lost one against London City Lionesses. Since that defeat to the London side, Jonathan Morgan’s team have won 12 consecutive games.

Away from the FA Women’s Championship, the East Midlands side have also enjoyed the cup competitions. The Foxes reached the semi-finals of the Continental Tyres League Cup but were knocked out by Barclays FA Women’s Super League side Bristol City. Last weekend Morgan’s side progressed to the next round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup after beating Liverpool.

Previous Meeting

It was a close game the last time the Rooks met the Foxes when a single goal was enough to win the game for Leicester. Katie Rood went close for Lewes, hitting the side netting in the first half. It was Paige Bailey-Gayle who scored the winning goal for Leicester. Miscommunication between Laura Hartley and Sophie O’Rourke allowed the attacker to get to the ball first and fire a first-time effort into the net. Lewes struggled to create any clear-cut chances for the rest of the match but defended well. However, the points remained in Leicester.

One To Watch

The Foxes top goal scorer and the league’s second-highest goal scorer Natasha Flint is enjoying her first season playing for Leicester. Flint has found the net 16 times in the FA Women’s Championship this season, helping her side win the title and sending them to the Barclays FA Women’s Super League. The striker was recently shortlisted for the March Player of the Month award, after netting three goals and back in December, Flint was named Player of the Month.

How To Follow

Sunday’s match will be available to watch live at lewesfc.com/live. Live updates will also be provided on the official Lewes FC Women Twitter account.